FOLLOWING the successful launch session in Edinburgh last month, Scottish Swimming is pleased to announce that its Adult Swim Series heads to the Aquatics Centre at Aberdeen Sports Village on Sunday 22 February.
The series compromises of skills and drills (beginners) and intermediate sessions and a masterclass for advanced swimmers.
Prices for the coached sessions start from £15 for the beginners and £20 for the intermediate and advanced sessions. More information about the event can be found at scottishswimming.com/adults, the remaining spaces can be booked online at scottishswimming.eventbrite.co.uk.
The Adult Swim Series is aimed at adult swimmers who would like to take part in coached sessions in a 50-metre pool. The sessions were devised following research on swimming participation and questionnaires completed by adult swimmers in late 2014, asking adults about what gets them motivated to go to the pool and what would make their swimming session more meaningful.
David Carry, double Commonwealth champion and board director of Scottish Swimming, explained: “Our main aim is to see adults in the pool, and by giving them little tips, see them swimming better. These events are a great example of getting people involved and excited about swimming.
“With 12 such dates in the diary for 2015 we could have around 1,000 people taking part in these expert skills and drills sessions. I’m just so impressed by what I’ve seen.”
Obi Aghanya, a participant in Edinburgh, said of his experience: “For me, swimming is great for personal fitness and is something I enjoy. In my session, there were a lot of people with a wide range of abilities, but because we were focusing on the fundamentals we all took something out of it regardless of what level we were at. I really enjoyed it.”
The benefits of swimming are wider than the actual health benefits, as one past participant put it: “The health benefits I can see with swimming here is that it brings people together from any background, so that’s like elderly who are not working anymore, people who are working, or students like myself. It’s creating a routine that keeps people healthy – that is in a physical sense, but also in a mental health sense, because it’s motivating.”
A video, explaining the sessions can be watched at Scottish Swimming’s YouTube channel here http://youtu.be/-e4M6KX_iHY.
The sessions will be hold at the Aberdeen Sports Village Aquatics Centre from 10am onwards on 22 February. Further sessions in Glasgow and Stirling take place over the coming months. All sessions are listed at scottishwimming.eventbrite.co.uk.
More information on adult swimming can be found at scottishswimming.com/adults.
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The Adult Swim Series will take place at the following locations:
Sunday 22nd February:
Aberdeen 10am-12noon Aberdeen Sports Village
Saturday 21st March:
Glasgow 2pm-4pm Tollcross International Swimming Centre
Saturday 11th April:
(Intermediate and masterclass only) Stirling 10am – 12pm National Swimming Academy, Stirling University
Sunday 31st May:
Open Water Style Session
Stirling 3.30pm-5.30pm National Swimming Academy, Stirling University
There are different session types available depending on swimming ability and level of fitness:
Skills and Drills: Beginners: This session will cater for the competent swimmer who would like to focus on their technique and perhaps work on one of their weaker strokes. This session would be ideal for those wishing to improve their front crawl breathing or to learn how to get more out of their swimming sessions by using coaching equipment.
Skills and Drills: Intermediate: This session is for the competent swimmer who would like to improve their technique and fitness through learning new skills and drills. This class will be suitable for an able recreational swimmer or perhaps a triathlete or individual hoping to take part in a participation event.
Masterclass: This session is for the more able swimmer who is perhaps competing or training with a Masters club or group. The session will focus on everything from speed of turns, starts and distance off the wall, to streamlining and core strength building.
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